New Delhi, 2 Nov: In the wake of rising pollution graph in Delhi, the state government on Tuesday declared that roads in the capital will be vacuum cleaned every week to check dust and air pollution.
The air quality is affected badly after Diwali due to burning of firecrackers.
“Vacuum cleaning of roads will be brought back in Delhi,” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced after holding a meeting of concerned departments on pollution levels in the city.
He informed that all roads falling under the Delhi government’s Public Works Department (PWD) would be cleaned through water sprinklers that would bring down the dust which is a major contributor to pollution.
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The vacuum cleaning would start in two weeks and it would be a weekly affair.
Sisodia also called for new steps to control pollution level which has already reached danger zone. “Measures are to be taken to control the fuel wastage and pollution which is caused due to auto drivers keeping ignition on,” he said.
“Delhi government along with Municipal Corporation of Delhi will work towards putting chimneys in Delhi’s crematoriums which will help in reducing some pollution.
“Sustenance of already existing anti-pollution plans and creation of new ideas is much needed,” he said.
He also announced that people would now be “able to complain via mobile application in case of pollution around construction sites”.
The government also asserted that it was working on “actionable” subjects to control pollution levels in the city.
As per the statement released by the Delhi government on Monday, the carbon monoxide (CO) levels in air on Diwali ranged from 2.0 mg/m3 to 4.2 mg/m3 (microgram/cubic metre) in comparison with 1.1 mg/m3 to 4.0 mg/m3 during last year’s Diwali.
Particulate Matter 10 or PM10 levels ranged from 448 µg/m3 to 939 µg/m3, a steep increase from last Diwali’s 296 µg/m3 to 778µg/m3.
PM 10 is called so because of its diameter which is 10 micrometre or less. To put it in perspective, a human hair is 100 micrometre wide.
Another harmful pollutant, PM 2.5, ranged from 180 µg/m3 to 440 µg/m3. These are fine particles which emanate from automobiles, burning of wood and construction material. They are responsible for making the atmosphere hazy marked by low visibility.
Health Minister Satyendar Jain pointed out that Diwali and burning paddy fields in Punjab and Haryana had contributed to the pollution levels in the capital.